West Virginia implementing new opioid policies

By LINDA COMINS

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Lori Garrett-Bumba, right, program director for Youth Services System, speaks during a substance use conference organized by the Community Impact Coalition in Wheeling.
(Intelligencer photo by Linda Coming)

WHEELING, W.Va. — Efforts are underway to implement West Virginia’s new Opioid Reduction Act, which is set to take effect June 7.

Susie Mullens, interim director of the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy, talked Friday about the act and the state’s Opioid Response Plan during a visit to Wheeling. She was the keynote speaker for a substance use conference organized by the Community Impact Coalition in Ohio County. The two-day event was held at Mount St. Joseph.

The state Legislature enacted the Opioid Reduction Act earlier this year. Mullens said the act requires the creation of a voluntary non-opioid advanced directive form that would allow patients to specify that they don’t want to be prescribed opioids for medical conditions.

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